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© 2019 John Hooton Images


Guided by the light

I have always been captivated by the ever varying light and mood of Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way. Exploring this region has offered me an insight into the way our landscape has transformed and evolved over centuries. I try to capture these changing lights and moods within my Irish landscape photography. No matter how many times I venture out across the Wild Atlantic Way, I'm always struck by the ability of the coastline to transform and reveal new elements of its personality.



Over time, I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to turn my hobby into a business. This change has in turn lead to expansion into other areas. Photography masterclasses, a holiday property rent and a series of books. I'm eternally thankful that get to do what I do, and connect with the Irish landscape through photography. I hope you enjoy browsing my work, and find inspiration, as I have, through the light of the Wild Atlantic Way.

Proud to be supported by...



Fellow Irish Photographic Federation

Fellow Royal Photographic Society

Master International Federation of Photographic Art

I have long been an admirer of John's excellent coastal work. What particularly impresses me is his capacity to select the perfect location, irrespective of the tides or the prevailing weather. 

Tony Worobiec, B.A. Fine Art; FRPS (Writer & Photographer)

Awards & recognition

Over a 30 year period winner of more that 40 Irish Photographic Federation (I.P.F.) gold medals together with many silver and bronze medals.

Winner of 1 F.I.A.P. Gold, 1 F.I.A.P. Silver and 2 F.I.A.P. Bronze medals together with 5 F.I.A.P. Ribbons.

Over 450 Acceptances to F.I.A.P. International Salons

Multiple non-F.I.A.P. awards from other Salons

1998 Awarded Fellowship from I.P.F. 

1999 Awarded Excellence International Federation of Photographic Art (E.F.I.A.P.) in 

One of my images appeared in the 50th Anniversary F.I.A.P. book and also on a recent calendar.

Winner of best print of exhibition in Lannion, Britanny for three years.

1999 and 2001 winner of E.S.B. Environmental Photography awards in Ireland

2000, awarded a solo exhibition in Croatia as part of Trophy Town of Rovihj

2000 Rovigno prize for collection of 4 colour prints at the Croatian Grand Prix Mundial Fotofestival, in Croatia.

2000 Winner of London Salon medal and also a Photographic Society of America (P.S.A.) Gold medal.

2001 and 2002 took part in a group exhibition at the Big E, Eastern States Exhibition, Springfield, Mass, U.S.A. highlighting Ireland and the beauty of the landscape.

2003 Awarded Fellowship from the Royal Photographic Society (R.P.S.)

2008 Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (P.A.G.B.) winner of Gold, Silver and Bronze medals.

2008 Member of international judging panel at Tallaght International Salon.

2009 Organised and led landscape photography workshops in Dingle, Co. Kerry.

2010 Awarded the top honour of Master  from the International Federation of Photographic Art, F.I.A.P. (M.F.I.A.P.)

2012 First book “Gathering Light on the Dingle Coast” is published, printed by Castle Print, Galway.

2015 Second book, “Dingle, My Only Place” is published, printed by Print Run, Dublin

2018 Third book, “Ireland, The Way We Were is published, printed by Walsh Print, Castleisland, Co. Kerry.